The France international, who joined the north London outfit in 2007, has been offered a three-year deal worth €50,000-per-week by his current employers. However, both Chelsea and City have submitted more lucrative contract offers, and appear to have convinced the defender to leave the Emirates Stadium when his current deal expires this summer.
It’s reported by L’Equipe that Sagna’s salary has not changed since 2008, while Arsenal are only prepared to offer the full-back a three-year contract if he agrees to less money. It now seems certain that the Frenchman will move on this summer, but will remain a Premier League player.
Sagna wants at least £100,000-a-week from his next employers, the Daily Mail revealed last week, but it’s currently unclear whether Chelsea or City are leading the race for his signature at this stage.
Chelsea already have two players who can play at right-back, in the form of Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, while Manchester City have the hugely reliable Pablo Zabaleta, who has arguably been the Premier League’s standout right-back over the last two seasons.
However, City boss Manuel Pellegrini may be keen to bring Sagna to the Etihad Stadium in order to use him on a rotation basis with the Argentina international, as one-time England international Micah Richards is expected to leave the Premier League title favourites at the end of the season.